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|Author||Chris Van Allsburg|
|Illustrator||Chris Van Allsburg|
|Cover artist||Chris Van Allsburg|
|Genre||Children's literature, science fiction|
|Published||2002 (Houghton Mifflin)|
|LC Class||PZ7.V266 Zat 2002|
|Preceded by||Bad Day at Riverbend|
Zathura is an illustrated children's book by the American author Chris Van Allsburg. Two boys are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurled through space. The book is a sequel to Jumanji, another illustrated book by Van Allsburg, and references are made, both visual and textual, to Jumanji. The book was adapted into a film, Zathura: A Space Adventure, in 2005.
Zathura starts from the end of the book Jumanji, as the parents of two brothers, Danny and Walter Budwing are leaving, but the two don't get along with each other. Danny wants to play catch, while Walter wants to watch television. Danny tosses Walter a baseball which hits him on the head. Walter then chases Danny through the house and catches him in the park across the street from their house, where they find a board game named Jumanji. Danny brings the game home, where he then loses interest in playing it.
Danny then finds another board game called Zathura: A Space Adventure. Danny starts playing Zathura, then he gets a card that says, "Meteor shower, take evasive action." Immediately, a meteor shower occurs. Danny and Walter soon realize the game sent them into outer space. The brothers start playing the game Zathura, since the game won't take them home unless they finish it. Soon, Walter loses his gravity and Danny saves him from disappearing into space.
When Walter takes his turn, a defective robot chases him through the house. When Danny takes his turn, he gets close to a planet called Tsouris 3 and gets shorter and wider. Soon, a Zorgon ship appears and Zorgons board their house. The robot chases the Zorgons away as Walter takes his turn and gets sucked into a black hole and is sent back in time. Walter transports back to when he was with Danny in the park. Danny finds Jumanji and is about to take it home, but Walter throws it out and instead offers to play catch with Danny.